LIFE AND LETTERS OF JOSEPH HARDY NEESIMA
RECEIVES PASSPORT. 113 by the Japanese government to stay in America several years longar) and says it is to his highest honor that his son's name was made known to the court. But, says he : " Corne horne as soon as you can, and let me look at your fac6 once more, and then I shall be satisfied. For I am getting old and my stay on the earth may not be many years. If l can see you once more it is enough. I shall let you go back to America hence to stay as long as you might. If your stay in America can be of some benefit to my country, I am willing to let you stay there until you can complete your study; but please remember your poor father, and let him look at your face once more before he dies." Dear sir, it is pretty hard plead to me. But as you know I have a plow on my hands; I cannot look back just yet. I think I will let my poor father wait till I will finish my study here. I will send to Mrs. Hardy one of my father's lettel's in which he expresses his greatest obligations to both of you. He says: "My language utterly :fails to express my grateful feeling towards you. I have told my friends, neighbors, and even strangers, that how you" (myself) "have fallen into the good hands in America, and how you are supported and educated by your American friends these long years. Every one of them who heard of your fortune, and the kindness of your friends, says there is no such thing in their own country." Although I know that Mrs. Hardy has shown her kindness to me for her highest motive and worthiness, yet I hope that she will feel that she is somewhat rewarded by seeing my father's letter and receiving his greatest obligations expressed in it.